Updated: September 13, 2019 08:49 AM
Created: September 12, 2019 05:37 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — After two years of planning and construction, the Golisano Autism Center is officially open.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Thursday morning at the new facility on Science Parkway in Rochester.
The one-stop autism hub offers educational, social, recreational, and therapeutic supports and services for kids and adults. It's collaborative community of more than 14 autism service providers.
"Our kids need this facility to grow and thrive," said Carly Cerone.
"It's unbelievable," added her husband Mike Cerone. "I think it's going to benefit so many people that aren't even aware of it now. It's been a long time coming, very much-needed around here, and it's amazing."
Carly and Mike's son will be one of the first beneficiaries of the new autism center.
The 33,000 square-foot building is named for Tom Golisano. The philanthropist and founder of Paychex donated $3 million toward the launching of the center in May 2017.
The center will be open seven days a week for 12 hours per day.
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